If you snore at night you’re not alone – according to the American Sleep Apnea Association about 90 million Americans suffer from snoring activity during sleep.
If you snore sporadically or when you have a cold you’re most likely a “simple snorer.” If you are getting nudged or elbowed every night by a frustrated partner, you may be dealing with a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Individuals who suffer from OSA are typically loud snorers due to shallow breathing or pauses in breathing during sleep that can cause gasping or choking sounds. Snoring and sleep apnea can lessen your sleep quality, leading to other health ramifications so it’s important to seek treatment sooner than later.
There are various ways to improve your snoring and one of the most effective treatment options for mild to moderate sleep apnea is the TAP 3 appliance, which looks similar to a traditional mouth guard or night guard, however, the TAP 3 device is specifically designed for the treatment of snoring and OSA. A constricted or collapsed airway causes snoring and OSA so the TAP 3 device works by keeping your airway open. The device is designed to hold your lower jaw in a forward position, preventing the soft tissue of the throat from collapsing and obstructing your airway. With an open airway, snoring is reduced or eliminated and breathing is significantly improved.
About the TAP 3 Device:
- Each TAP 3 device consists of an upper and lower tray that fit over your teeth.
- Unlike other snoring appliances, the TAP 3 provides room for your tongue and allows your lips to fully close.
- The device has a hook mechanism attached to the upper tray that fits into a socket attached to the lower tray to position the lower jaw forward.